Just thought I'd do some final thoughts on our trip. I'm not going to do it all in one go cause I'll forget something
Not flying direct:
We flew from Gatwick to Toronto and then from Toronto to Orlando, with Air Canada. We stopped in Canada for a little over a week so it wasn't like a real indirect flight on the way. However on the way back, it was I don't know if it was just Toronto airport that was particularly good but it was so easy. It saved us an absolute fortune doing it that way, so to be honest I can't see us flying direct any more to be honest - unless we find a cracking deal. I was worried about bags transferring onto the next plane, and getting to the next plane in time, but I needn't have worried at all. We literally walked off one plane, turned a corner, walked through to connections, got through there, and we were at the next departure gate. I'd say between getting off the flight, and being in the departure lounge for the next one, was no more than 20 minutes. The bags all arrived safely and with no problems at all. What I also liked was that the first flight was just over 2 hours, and the second one was just over 6 hours. Even though I hate flying, this really broke the trip up, and was nowhere near as bad as I expected.
I'd also definitely fly Air Canada again. They had a great on demand entertainment system which was fantastic.
We'd paid for extra legroom seats too, only £30 or so, so very cheap. We had masses of room, as we were in the bulkhead and exit rows. Very impressed for such a small charge!
Disney buses vs hiring a car
I love Disney buses, really I do. I think they're quick and very convenient. We didn't have any problems with them at all, but after a couple of days they were irritating us. It was the constant wondering if we'd just missed one, if it'd be busy and we'd have to stand, getting the buggy and the kids on and off, really silly little things. It was just annoying though. We'd hired a car a few days into the trip and had only planned in having it for a week. We actually decided to extend it. Alamo were great and extended it for a week, at a great price. Also, because we'd extended it, they upgraded the car, even better! So we ended up using the car most of the time. We were never parked too far from the front and rarely used the tram. It also meant we got to use the monorail to the Magic Kingdom more, which was brilliant as we all love the monorail. I thought it might annoy Anthony as he wouldn't be able to drink - but we just kept Bud in the chillier for the evenings
We decided that we'd hire a car for longer on furniture trips. Just made life so much easier.
That'll do for now.....not sure what to ramble about next